Each year, one of the first things I teach my new kinders is proper hallway behavior. A fun way to do this is Marshmallow Toes! I purchase a bag of mini-marshmallows, then gather the nuggets on the carpet.
I have them listen carefully while I drop a series of 3-4 marshmallows on the floor. Of course, by this point, they are looking at me like I have lost my mind! Ha!
I then ask them to describe what they heard. After calling on a few students, I tell them this is what we should sound when we leave our classroom. I ask them why THEY think it is important that we are so quiet in the hallway. Letting them provide the reasoning for their own behavior is huge!
After we finish our discussion, we read the poem together. I then give them a copy to take back to their seats. Once everyone is seated, I give each student 10 marshmallows. We place them on the paper at the bottom and count them. Then we eat one or two and count again, etc. etc. until the marshmallows are all gone.
For the rest of the year, whenever we line up, a gentle reminder to use "marshmallow toes" in the hallway reinforces expectations in a fun way!
This year, I updated my "Marshmallow Toes" activity sheet! Yay!
Hope your nuggets enjoy this activity as much as mine do!